FWC seeks input on lake plan

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began work on a new management plan for Lake Okeechobee on Feb. 18, with a public meeting at the Okeechobee Civic Center on U.S. 98 to gather stakeholder input. Ryan Hamm, regional fisheries administrator, said FWC is drafting a management plan for Lake Okeechobee. He said […]

Anglers to protest lake spraying

CLEWISTON — Lake Okeechobee area residents who oppose the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s use of chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic vegetation on the big lake will gather protest on Feb. 22 on the Herbert Hoover Dike, 600 Hoover Dike Road in Clewiston. The demonstration will start at 8 a.m. Guest speakers will […]

Anglers to protest lake spraying

CLEWISTON — Concerned about Lake Okeechobee? Lake Okeechobee area residents who oppose the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s use of chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic vegetation on the big lake are planning a protest on Feb. 22 on the Herbert Hoover Dike, 600 Hoover Dike Road in Clewiston. The demonstration will start at […]

Meetings, protest planned about spraying on lake

OKEECHOBEE — Those concerned about the use of chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee will have opportunities this week to learn more and to voice their opinions. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites the public to provide input on the development of a management plan for Lake Okeechobee’s […]

Lake O coalition grows to include 10 counties

OKEECHOBEE — The County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon now includes 10 counties as voting members. At the Feb. 7 meeting, Charlotte County officially joined the group, represented by Commissioner Ken Dougherty, a retired civil engineer who has a lot of […]

Interconnect canal to send water from St. Lucie County to C-44 reservoir and Lake O

OKEECHOBEE — Are St. Lucie County’s water supply and water quality needs taking a back seat to the needs of other communities? St. Lucie Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson had questions for the South Florida Water Management District executive director Drew Bartlett at the Feb. 7 meeting of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake […]

Corps on lake issues: Trust us’

OKEECHOBEE – What will happen with the lake level this year? Next year? What will happen when the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) goes into effect in 2022? County representatives at the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon had […]

Fried terminates contract with MacVicar Consulting

TALLAHASSEE – On Jan. 31, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried announced that she has chosen to terminate the contract of MacVicar Consulting, a longtime technical consultant to the Department. The firm had provided hydrological expertise to the department on various water projects. This included advising the Commissioner’s three appointments to […]

Lake predicted to be around 12 ft. by June 1

Lake marshes dry; there’s no food for Everglades Snail Kites PORT ST. LUCIE – Rainfall for the 2019-2020 Water Year has been slightly below average, according to the water conditions report presented by John Mitnik at the Feb. 1 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District governing board in Port St. Lucie. The month […]

June 1 lake level no guarantee on estuary releases

OKEECHOBEE – Is the June 1 level of Lake Okeechobee an indicator of coming lake releases? It’s not that simple according to lake level records from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s the rainfall after June 1 that makes the difference. During the Stuart City Commission meeting on Jan. 27 and again at the […]